The Enchantress and the Executioner come to wreak havoc against The Avengers as the second day of the assembled team proves that just because they all have the same goal in mind, it doesn’t mean they will all get along.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! “Some Assembly Required” Review
The episode starts with the team bringing down Mandrill. The team then moves into their new digs, Avengers Mansion (one nod to original continuity of which there are three in the episode), where they find lush living quarters, a state of the art lab for both Stark and Pym, an awesome training room, the Quinjet, and a gorgeous assembly hall. Thor and Hulk move in as permanent residents. Pym, while working on updates to his Ultron androids (nod #2), tries to convince Janet that he is a scientist, not a superhero. Thor and Hulk immediately do not care much for each other and when the Hulk decides to leave the team, thanks to the Enchantress impersonating Bruce Banner, Stark gives the familiar “Avengers Assemble!” cry for the first time. Hulk battles his teammates and eventually breaks the spell the Enchantress put over him. She arrives with the Executioner and works the Avengers over until the Hulk returns. Despite the team giving their thanks to him, he quits (nod #3) leaving the Avengers as a quartet while the Black Panther observes. At the end of the episode, the Hulk is in the Arctic and causes some ice to break up revealing a very familiar red, white, and blue shield.
The real joy to this show is all the classic elements they take from the early days of the comics while still providing an updated look, feel, and origin. I’m not one who will usually cry foul when origins are played with when creating a movie or television show. If the producers or creators of said project feel they can reach a wider audience by adjusting the origins of characters, I can understand the motive behind it. Just give me a good story, and I’ll accept what changes are made. The X-Men movies were a good example of this. As comic readers, we all know who the original X-Men team was, but not all of them are anywhere near as popular as Wolverine, Storm, or Rogue.
We know that Marvel is tinkering with the original lineup for the upcoming Avengers movie. I’m not going to be upset about it because how the heck are they going to introduce Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne with the projects they are working on? But with a television series, you can work within the established history and within weeks have more popular characters come along. It shows a real commitment to the fans of the comic and they’ve done the characters in a way that the young kids out there watching the show and getting familiarized with the Avengers for the first time can really be attracted to them. It’s really a well conceived and executed project. Kudos to both Disney and Marvel for building our expectations and delivering.
To the parents out there whose kids have missed this series so far, I strongly recommend the series to all ages (except maybe use some discretion for the kids under 8). So, set that DVR because your kids will love it more than your grilled cheese sandwiches!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Excellent nods to original history of the comics, fun characters and good, exciting action.||So far so good, no complaints from me at all!|